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on 25 September 2015
I WAITED YEARS TO GET THIS AND GOT IT ON REPUTATION ONLY (I NEVER ACTUALLY LISTENED TO IT ).BIG MISTAKE.REPETATIVE BORING AND TRITE DRIVEL .IF YOU'RE EXPECTING GREAT THINGS LOOK ELSEWHERE.
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on 19 June 2002
This album will not become immediately accessible on first hearing, but once you start to understand the music, complex wordplay, as well as the man himself, you will discover that Syd Barrett is a truly unique genuis who tragically faded away years too early. Shine on Roger.
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on 1 February 2016
Ahh, Syd Barrett. An excellent glimpse into his wonderful mind.
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on 19 August 2009
It's so special because it's by Syd Barrett, one of only two proper solo albums he did.

It's so good fundamentally because it's a unique type of gentle, odd, haunting music that should take you to different and unusual and uncommon places and memories. Some of the songs are brilliant in their simplicity; some are beautiful; some are a tad inaccessible; but all are by Syd Barrett. Everyone should own this and play it with a smile :)
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on 27 January 2017
The madcap nearly holds it together for what sounds like a rehearsal for the Floyd's follow up to Piper at the Gates of Dawn.
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on 15 October 2011
Being a committed Pink Floyd follower and fan, I bought The Madcap Laughs on the week of it's original release. Forty years later most people are praising it as the brilliant work of a genius. Yes, Syd was undoubtedly a genius, but this album is simply not very good. I played it a few times and also played it to friends. By and large the only reaction was to be very disappointed. The disc languished largely unplayed amongst many other great LP's of that era and I later sold it.

Madcap is like a home made acoustic collection of mainly ordinary songs (and I use that word loosely) that even the help in production of David Gilmour cannot rescue from mediocrity. If Piper At The Gates Of Dawn is regarded as 9.5/10, Madcap is 1.5/10. Years later it's of great interest to Floyd historians. But don't be fooled, no-one at the time rated it at all. It sunk without trace and hardly sold more than a couple of thousand copies. That should tell you what it's really like.

This review is likely to make a few, new, die hard fans unhappy and they will mark this review as 'not helpful'. They may think I have criticised their hero. I take no pleasure in disparaging Madcap. Syd was undoubtedly brilliant. But his best days were well over when he was goaded into recording this stuff. Syd's reputation would have remained much higher had he not bothered. Stick with Piper At The Gates Of Dawn and celebrate Syd's magnificence in his prime. I was there - and I know.
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on 10 November 2015
Great album, definitely the genius of Pink Floyd
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on 11 January 2016
Best Barrett's CD after Pink Floyd era.
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on 4 May 2007
This is a highly disturbing record. It's the sound of a man having a psychotic breakdown in the studio, recorded with cruel precision by someone who was both trying to help him, but who had also usurped his place in the group that had once been his. Not that it is really possible to condemn Dave (as he was then) Gilmour; Barrett had become impossible to work with in the group context by this stage and this album demonstrates why. Certainly none of these songs could have been recorded by Pink Floyd.

It's difficult to view Syd from this distance in anything other than tragic terms, but some people who ought to know better suggest that he was a tortured genius and some of the songs on this album are masterpieces. They're wrong and these aren't; they're the remnants of a crumbling psyche and listening to them is a bit too close to viewing the madmen in Bedlam for my taste.

"Syd" Barrett left the building a long time ago when his hallucinogen-induced illness overwhelmed his musical talents and now Roger Barrett has followed into that far country where it is always 1967, "See Emily Play" is always in the charts and "Wish You Were Here" is an eternity away.

Rating? Anywhere from 1 to 5; against the pathos of Barrett's decline it's irrelevant.
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on 6 October 2014
one from the vaults - very special
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